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program, the department is certain there will continue to be significant retirements. the program will end in june 2014 and will have a total of attrition of 265 officers over the three-year time span that began in 2011. so today, i am here to announce to chief suhr that we have developed a multi-year staffing program that will reach the city charter mandated 1971 folded the officers. in the next two-year budget, which will be unveiling tomorrow, will -- we will be finding six police academy classes over the next 24 months. 2012 to 2014. the budget reflects hiring 300 officers, 50 per class, over the next two years. we will continue to hire three classes of 50 officers for the
next six years. a six year time span. we anticipate to reach the city charter mandate of 1971 officers by june 2018. how about that? [applause] and i will say this, we cannot have done it without collaboration from everyone, but also knowing that our city is exhibiting recovery economically, we can do this, and this has been a priority for my administration. we have been glad to work with the police officers association and all the officers, staff, and commission to get this done. keeping our cities it also requires the talented men and women of our fire department -- keeping our city safe. from the emt's to the paramedics to the firefighters, the san francisco fire department has been protecting our city for
more than a century, and its members of moderately -- honorably risk their lives for our citizens. all the services that they provide, ranging from education to community work to putting a dangerous fires, our city cannot continue to function as a safe and secure city that it is. we are announcing today 6 fire academy classes over the next six years. like the police the bernie, our fire department is also facing challenges. from retirees and a challenge -- we're looking at challenges in a fiscally responsible way. the current personnel is lower than it has been in the past decade. the additional firefighters were -- will help the department use less overtime. we have one h3 level 1 emt class in the fiscal year 2012-2013,
slated to begin in july of this year. this will result in a net increase of 20emt's to the fire department. in the coming years, whether in the middle of the net as a first responder to a fire when the majority of our city is sleeping or in the broad daylight, with the international spotlight on america's cup, the san francisco fire department will guard, protect, and support our city, inspire our young people and continue to be a model in the tradition of excellence. our san francisco police department and the fire department are responsible for providing public safety services to those who work, live, and visit our great city. this is a monumental task, one that requires a great deal of skill, knowledge, and above all, care and patience. i personally want to thank gary from the police officers association. all the visits to have made to the office and all the work you have done, but also your steadfast leadership in your
patients, most above all. i know you have gone through many years and several mayors. -- and also your patience. to tom o'connor, firefighter's 798. thank you for being patient and being here as well. i know have been through some hard times in the past year, year-and-a-half. i want to continue working with you and gary to make sure you know that this administration will work closely with u.s. we welcome in these new classes and make sure that our overtime is lower and that excitement of working in these departments continues. i look forward to working with everybody together and for our community to continue and make our world-class city even more safer. thank you very much. [applause] >> thank you very much, mayor lee, not just for your comments
but for the staffing that has just been announced. i also have to say thank you to the three members of the board behind me. supervisor scott wiener. supervisor malia cohen, supervisor carmen chu. and the other members for their support in making public safety a priority. the president is here somewhere. and the rest of the police commission. this is just a tremendous day for san francisco. we have made tremendous inroads in impacting violent crime over the last few years. it is because of our staffing and the community support to do it through the community policing in the engagement of young people. this will allow us to keep doing that. we're going to lose close to 300 officers with the sunset of drop, and maybe another 100 officers before the summer of 2015. this will dramatically impact that. what the academy is is 29 weeks for entry level officers. eight weeks for lateral
transfers. that includes a one-week fire arm training, one-week vehicle operation steny, one-week of officers of rival, and then continued use of force and physical training throughout. -- one-week vehicle operation training, one week of officer survival. and community policing. the mayor mentioned gary. none of the efficiencies that we have had could have ever happened without the support of gary and the other members of the board of directors of the poa. the officers have stepped up, worked different hours, worked more weekends, gondar schedule changes, all in the effort to keep -- worked through schedule changes, all in the effort to keep san francisco 6. and will introduce chief hayes- white from the fire department. >> thank you. good morning. thank you, chief suhr. it is a great day. all the people behind me, fairly
unprecedented to have such collaboration that the mayor talked about. a great announcement. we truly need the staffing. thank you for your support, a commitment to have consistent hiring over the next six years in the san francisco fire department. as the mayor stated, we are at an all-time low in terms of our fire fighters to remain committed to serve. we're first responders to fires and emergency medical calls in the city. in recent years, we have not been able to hire to match the level of retirement. we had to face heavy reliance on overtime. that has become an issue for our department. we're delighted to hear that there will be consistent hiring. we're looking forward to having an infusion of new professionals that we will train to become san francisco firefighters, emt's, and paramedics. i cannot have happened without this caliber that ever. i would like to thank all the members here representing the san francisco fire department. we have our training staff. training is the foundation in
any organization. you need a strong foundation in training. i am proud of the members of training that are here. i would also like to it knowledge the captain + that is here with engine 26, the neighborhood fire station. as no, one year on this matter that we lost two firefighters from that station. we are proud to have you here representing the fire department. and president tom o'connor and the great efforts of local 798 to continue to push me, pushed the mayor, and to advocate for having full staffing in our department. i would also like to acknowledge the president of the fire commission, joined by commissioners. without your support, i do not think we would be here today. certainly, we have our partners in the department of emergency management that are here. 911, they're the unsung heroes. but they are a huge part of the city's efforts in how we apply our public safety resources.
the executive branch of government under the mayor, working with the mayor's budget office, this year has been a particular challenge. they have stepped up every step of the way. they understand and have difficult decisions to make. they have been instrumental in getting us to where we are. and the legislative branch of government, with supervisor winner here today and supervisor -- supervisor wiener here today and supervisor cohen and the rest of the board. and supervisor carmen chu, interprofessional, someone that understands the complexities of balancing the city budget -- a true professional. thank you very much for all of your efforts. we're very pleased that over the course of the next six years, at least every year we will be bringing in a class of the firefighters. for that, we're grateful. i know one of the big questions will be how that will impact your overtime. we have had heavy reliance on overtime. we're glad to be able to bring
that level back down with the infusion of new members in our san francisco fire department. on july 9, we will be bringing in 30 emt's. we'll get the ball rolling shortly thereafter with a class of 42 h2 firefighters. i am proud to serve as fire chief. i love working with chief suhr. he is my public safety partner. we collaborate. under major league, this is great news for all citizens -- under mayor lee. we are committed to serve our public and protect the public. that is what we will do. we will continue to do that, but it will be easier having the commitment to have regular classes coming in every year. so thank you very much. [applause] >> next up, the chair of the budget committee, supervisor chu.
the mayor speaks often of the spirit of collegiality that has overtaken city hall and the unenviable task of figuring out how to parcel out the budget is done masterfully by supervisor chu, and she has some comments to make. [applause] supervisor chu: today, i am joined that only by supervisors -- not only by supervisors cohen and wiener but in spirit by the supervisors who could not be here today. we have spoken highly about making sure that we not only keep the city safe but keep every single neighborhood dedicated to community policing and making sure we provide the best level of public safety possible. i just want to be here to be supportive of this announcement.
we worked very hard together on this announcement, and i know we will have many conversations to come in coming months, but one of the areas i did want to emphasize is the fact that this is the first time we are talking about investment in public safety over a period of time. we have always talked about how many classes we will be putting into the budget on a one-year basis. last year, for the first time, we were able to look at the budget through a five-year lens. this is the first and we're looking at the budget from a two-year balancing perspective. to be able to make a commitment to continue to invest in public safety over time is something i am extremely proud of and i think it sends us in a good direction. it is important to look at not only where we are now but how many retirements we might be seeing in the future and to really plan for that. that is the only way we can keep our public safety personnel at the level we need to continue to protect the members of the
public. i want to thank the mayor for this historic announcement but for really keeping perspective -- and for keeping perspective in the long term out there. congratulations to the mayor and to the chief for this announcement, and again, my colleagues look forward to working with you on the budget. [applause] >> before we wrap up, i want to acknowledge and give an opportunity to supervisors cohen and wiener to say a few words. they have been so supportive, whether they like it or not. [laughter] >supervisor wiener: thank you fr doing this. it was only a few years ago, before i was on the board, when seven supervisors voted to strip almost $100 million out of the public safety budget. unfortunately, they fell one vote short of the eight votes needed -- fortunately, they fell
one vote short of the eight votes needed. i think the board understands that having public safety -- having adequate public safety is critical to the quality of life. we work directly with our district captains every day on public safety issues in our neighborhood. the one thing we hear over and over again is that we do not have enough officers on the beat. we do not have at as much -- we did not have enough officers to do as much foot patrol at as we want. when you look at the numbers in the department, they have consistently gone down over the last number of years, and we know it will continue to go down in a pretty catastrophic way if we do not do something about it. last year at the board through the budget process we put in a police academy class, showing the commitment to adequate staffing of our public safety agencies. it is very exciting that we now see three academy class is in the police department a year going forward for a number of
years -- three academy classes in the police department a year going forward. we will be supporting our fire department and cutting down on overtime and making sure we are supporting the critical work the fire department does. i am thrilled that this is happening, and i look forward to working with the mayor and with my colleagues to keep it going. thanks. [applause] supervisor cohen: good morning -- good afternoon, everyone. i am is sitting here listening to the comments of many of my colleagues and our partners in public safety -- i am sitting here listening to the comments. also, a partner who deserves as much recognition and congratulations -- the members of the public, who have rode teh wave, -- the wave, the ups and downs that supervisor wiener
just mentioned. yes, the men and women who put their lives on the line every day, but also the members of the public who have been patient and organized themselves and organized communities, block captains -- our volunteers in nert are also sometimes left off the table when we are thanking people. yes, the mayor deserves a lot of credit, and carmen chu has done an excellent job in spearheading the budget discussions, but also the people. so this is very important for all of us. thank you. [applause] >> in closing, there is a chart in the back. a picture is worth a thousand words. it tells you where we are and where we are headed. i thank everyone for their support, and we will continue to employ as many efficiencies and strategies as we can to get as much out of what we have until we get these classes in and up to speed, and we will continue to work with the mayor's office and local 798 to
see what we do to see if we cannot even get more officers in more quickly to get to our charter mandate. since it is getting kind of stuff the, we will break now. there are cantonese and spanish translators available if anyone's to avail themselves. everyone here is available for questions individually. maybe outside, get a little fresh air. thank you so much for coming. [applause] >> thanks for >> good evening, everyone. thank you for joining us here in little saigon. my name is naomi kelly, city administrator for this city and county of san francisco. about three months ago, i had the honor of being on a san bruno avenue with mayor lee when
he announced invest in neighborhoods initiative, a program to strategically deployed city resources in our neighborhood commercial corridors more effectively. since then, mayor lee, jennifer from the director of the mayor's office of economic and workforce development, and myself launched the invest in a neighborhood working group, and part of that working group is a committee of representatives of key city departments to my community and business leaders, and technical experts to provide feedback and recommendations that have guided the development of the invest in a neighborhood program model. as you know, in san francisco, we have many programs, many departments, many neighborhood nonprofits that all such our neighborhood commercial corridors. in the past, that we may not have all been on the same page. the invest in a neighborhood initiative was created to corral all the programs departments in
neighborhood nonprofits together so as to better leverage our resources, provide focused customized assistance that meet the specific needs of san francisco's neighborhood commercial corridors. invest in neighborhoods will ensure the strategic deployment of our existing city programs such as the revolving loan front -- funds the dpw cleaning program, community investor program, arts in storefronts, community challenge grants, grants for the arts, and so much more. the program will also offset some of the neighborhood resources that we lost due to the dissolution of the redevelopment agency. so far, the invest in a neighborhood working group has met twice already to discuss the program model, and the group has developed and invest in the neighborhoods tool kit, a list of city and non-profit services that will be strategically deployed as part of the initiatives, and we are
assessing the neighborhood commercial corridors through feedback with the goal of providing attention to 25 commercial neighborhood corridors. with that, it is my great pleasure to introduce mayor ed lee who is always been committed to vibrant community commercial corridors from his day as director of the department of public works to the city administrator and now as mayor. major league. >> thank you, naomi. thank you for your wonderful work as well. good morning. as they say in little saigon -- [speaking foreign language] did i say that right? ok, i did not screw that up. i want to welcome supervisor jane kim. actually, she is helping me -- welcoming me here. and supervisor carmen chu. this week in, we celebrated the
75th anniversary of our golden gate bridge. i got the comment on what it meant to me. i said to a number of you in the media that one of the reasons that it is not just a great engineering marvel for our country, but it has been a symbol for many people around the world to come to san francisco, and this is just one of those neighborhoods among many where people establish themselves and created little saigon, and i have been very proud to work with all of these small businesses and residents of the tenderloin community and this area for years. mohammed nuru and i spent many years of walking up the street trying to figure out how to improve it. in between our noodles and our sandwiches, we were able to figure out a few things with the neighbors. by golly, if you look at this today and compare it to five years ago, it is reflected now so much private investment. people are taking their own
risks as well as investing in their own neighborhoods. and we started -- a thing two years ago we put these pillars in that the bequest of the neighbors sang we rely to symbolically establish ourselves here, and that became the symbol of little saigon and has now become a post where people come from all over the place. they look at this and see that gave way to a real revitalized commercial corridor of our city. so on the eve of our very large budget, as we are making advances on it, and lovely by the end of this week we are ready to present it to the rest of the board of supervisors and to the budget committee that carmen heads and jane is on is that we have not forgotten what really makes our city special, and that is all of our commercial neighborhood corridors. i did not want it lost in this almost $7 billion budget that we are about to do.
there are some key investments, things that we talk about a lot. certainly i did. and the 17-point economic plan that we introduced last year, but we have consistently had discussions on as we could challenge with all of these cuts and the struggle in the economy that we wanted to make appropriate investments in our neighborhoods. that has not been forgotten. it will certainly be reflected in this budget. we wanted to announce two of these initiatives today, and there will be a few more before the end of the week, where the emphasis is that we have not forgotten, but we have actually embraced the vibrancy of our commercial neighborhoods. that is why we are here on little saigon today. the invest in its neighborhood initiatives has been one would have been thinking about planning for for quite some months. and clearly through our office of economic development, workforce development, we were
listening with the years and the help of the small business commission, and many of our neighborhood residents here and businesses that we listened very carefully to what they need. in addition to thinking of supervisors here today and all the departments here, dpw, fire departments, a number of different departments, the biggest bang so whatever the people behind me that represent all these small neighborhood efforts from nonprofits to for- profit. they have been here. they have been very patient. they have been always trying to engage themselves more and more and talk about the needs of small businesses. when you come down here. whether the day or evening, you will see their great work. you will see their own personal investments and the partnerships that they have put all of our agencies. i think this will be another example of how successful these neighborhood commercial
corridors can be if city hall just listens and pays attention, as we're doing more and more all over the rest of the city. we're announcing today an additional $1.50 million in grants and funding for all these commercial corridors throughout the city. that is about double what we have invested in years past. so this will be for two years, $1.5 million. this will be in addition to the $4 million that we are putting into the small business loan program over the next two years that will have about 25 different neighborhood corridors in the city. and that is in addition to the board of supervisors and the mayor's office of already done with the replenishing of about $1 million that we decided on earlier this year. that all combined is a great amount of investment.
this is reflective. it will be in the budget. we are excited about this, because we know that after listening to the small business commission, after listening to numerous small businesses along this corridor and a long at least 20 to 25 others, we have gotten there and put about what they needed. these grants and these loans will be targeted for things that they need. for example, i know turtle tower is one example here. they wanted to in zandt. they have so much business. they do not want their customers like me and mohammed nuru and others in the winter to stand aside in mind waiting for the delicious noodles that they have, so they are extending here. it is for that kind of expansion that these grants and loans are for. in addition, when there is the events that would help to celebrate and promote neighborhoods, whether there additional flags or lighting or foes saw improvements, that
money will be there for them as well. and to repeat, it is not only for larkin. it is for release 20 neighborhoods throughout the city. to show the we're listening to their needs. make sure that people, not only local residents here, but everybody can go and visit those other neighborhoods and spend money and support their neighbors as well. i also want to suggest to you that the partnership that this money will be there for is really a public-private partnership. we have done really well here working with all the nonprofits, whether they're the housing groups or arts groups. i know kara is here for grants for the arts. she and i have been working for many years making sure that the arts programs, the nonprofits, with their housing or job creation programs, that they work in concert with the job creators as well, which is all of our small business. that is part of the announcement, and that is the essence of the small business
and invest in neighborhoods businesses. in an addition, we will have as part of this effort, a centralized vacancy data base. in other words, we do. i signalled this for quite some time now, and i know the supervisors as well. we all do not want to see vacancies. we want those paid attention to. we're starting a centralized tracking system for this additional investment, but we can work with the neighborhoods and get expertise out, get some concentration on how we can fill these vacancies and how we can utilize the kinds of incentives that we have been using all along central market and some of the the more successful places. and in bayview as well, where we can bring that talent and focused to fill in these vacancies. it begins by making sure we have
a data base of that and that we are tracking them and getting businesses to say that this is another place you can locate if you're starting out or if you are graduating from some of the city colleges for the food support programs, the culinary academy, the art academies. anyone to start your own businesses. we can point them to vacancies that are in need in areas around the city. that would be agreed at a base to have. we used to struggle with that. to have that data base as part of it would be great. those are four basic assets and -- aspects of the program. the other announcement we are making is we're going to be adding two additional persons to a four-person unit under the mayor's office of economic and workforce development.